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Our Museum is Accredited 

This past spring, staff of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens donned garnet 
ribbons stamped, "My Museum is Accredited" to celebrate the renewal of the site's 
accreditation with the American Association of Museums (AAM). 

AAM accreditation is one of the most prestigious honors in the museum 
community. It means an institution has been closely inspected by experts in the field 
and found to meet the highest standards of management, educational offerings and 
conservation, and is certified as a respected and top-quality museum. Tryon Palace 
received its first AAM accreditation in 1990. 

The accreditation application process, which occurs once a decade, took a year-and- 
a-half to complete. The first step involved a self-study and evaluation of museum and 
garden practices, procedures and programs. This was followed by the submission of 
a 133-page document outlining this evaluation, two large notebooks of 47 different 
types of attachments, and a CD containing 160 images of the Palace, gardens and 
affiliated structures. In December 2007, a Visiting Committee from the AAM spent 
two days touring the grounds and documenting our operations. 

Finally, at the AAM Accreditation Commission meeting in March 2008, our 
accreditation was renewed. Included in our congratulation letter was this: 
We highly commend the museums collaboration with the African American 
community in the creation of programming. We feel this can serve as a model of 
community engagement for the museum field. We also note your excellent volunteer 
program and successful capital campaign. In your next accreditation review, we look 
forward to assessing how the new North Carolina History Education center, new 
museum store, and Coor-Gaston and William Hollister Houses, have impacted, and 
been integrated into, the operations of the museum. 
Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers, program participants, Council of 
Friends members and other donors who make our work possible. It is exciting to 
imagine where we'll be in ten more years! 

On the Cover - This Edition 

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens welcomes visitors to experience the 
natural beauty of North Carolina during the holiday season. The Palace and 
gardens will be decorated with colonial-inspired style and humming with activity 
as we prepare for the 2008 Christmas Candlelight Tour celebrations. Please visit 
out websites at www. for more details. 


A Publication of the 
Tryon Palace Council of Friends 

Publisher: Karen O'Connell 
Editor: Tiffany Yecke Brooks 
Contributors: Katherine Brightman, 
Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Paul Brown, 
Fran Campbell, Cheryl Arthur Kite, 
Karen O'Connell, Lisa Wimpfheimer 
Photographers: Nancy Hawley, 
Al Hesketh, volunteer 
Graphic Artist: Christine Farver, 
Inspired Publishing 

Tryon Palace Council of Friends 

Board of Directors 

President: David L. Ward, Jr. 

Vice President: Carson Brice 

Anne Bradford 

D. Hayes Clement 

Dr. Jeffrey Crow, ex officio 

Nancy Freemon 

Dr. Sam Gilmore 

Carole Kemp 

Bob Mattocks, ex officio 

Patricia Naumann 

Karen O'Connell, ex officio 

Mary Parrish 

Cece Scott 

Ginny Smith 

Jennifer Stallings 

Torrey Stroud 

Alice Tolson 

Charlotte Weaver 

Kay Phillips Williams, ex officio 

Robert Zaytoun 

The Palace is published four times 
a year by the Tryon Palace Council 
of Friends to provide information 
about and build support for Tryon 
Palace Historic Sites & Gardens. 
We welcome your comments and 
suggestions. Send correspondence 
to Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Editor, The 
Palace, P.O. Box 1007, New Bern, NC 
28563. Telephone: 252-514-4936. 
Fax: 252-514-4876. E-mail: tbrooks@ 

For more information about Tryon 
Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, click 
en our website at 
or call 252-514-4900, 800-767-1560. 

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens 
is a part of the North Carolina Depart- 
ment of Cultural Resources, Lisbeth C. 
Evans, Secreatary. 


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Civil War Weekend: September 26-28 

Tryon Palace Historic Sites 
& Gardens will host a Civil 
War weekend at the end of 
September with special programs and 

Friday, Sep. 26 

• Special Performance: Oldest Living 
Confederate Widow: Her Confession. 

7:00 p.m. 

Admission: $25 

Visitor Center Auditorium 

As a benefit for the North Carolina 
History Education Center, Jane Holding 
brings to life the title character of Allan 
Gurganus' 1989 novel, Oldest Living 
Confederate Widow Tells All in this special 
adaptation. Gurganus describes the play 
as Lucy Marsden's "conversation with the 
audience and with herself, with almost 
a hundred years in the world, to try to 
justify her kindnesses and her crimes and 
honor her dead." A reception will follow. 
Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, 
Sep. 23, and are available at the Visitor 
Center or by calling Cheryl Kite at 252- 

Saturday, Sep. 27 
• Dixon and Stanly Houses 
War Focus and Encampment 


9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Houses and encampment included with 
regular ticket purchase 

An interpreter in Civil War-era dress 
will be available at both the Dixon and 
Stanly Houses to discuss the significance 
of each residence during the occupation 
of New Bern. Reproduction photographs 
will help capture this period of New 
Bern's past. Finally, learn more about 
soldiers and military music at a small 
encampment of Civil War musicians, 
located behind the Dixon house. 

• Glory 

2:00 p.m. 

Admission: FREE 

Visitor Center Auditorium 

This Academy Award-winning epic 
is based on the true story of the 54 th 
Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, 
one of the first US Army units made 
up entirely of African American troops. 
It tells the story of their challenges 
in training and earning respect as a 
unit, as well as their bravery in battle 
in a poignant film that honors the 
54 th 's sacrifice and important place in 
American history. 

Sunday, Sep. 28 

• Dixon and Stanly Houses - Civil 
War Focus and Encampment 

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Houses and encampment included with 
regular ticket purchase 

An interpreter in Civil War-era dress 
will be available at both the Dixon and 
Stanly Houses to discuss the significance 
of each residence during the occupation 
of New Bern. Reproduction photographs 
will help capture this period of New 
Bern's past. Finally, learn more about 
soldiers and military music at a small 
encampment of Civil War musicians, 
located behind the Dixon house. 

• Special Concert: Southern Women, 
Southern Voices: Civil War Songs by 
Southern Women 

3:00 p.m. 

Admission: FREE 

Visitor Center Auditorium 

Mary Cook, an accomplished soprano 
from Charlotte, will be performing a 
collection of Civil War-era songs all 
written by women of the Confederacy. 
She will be accompanied on the piano by 
Lorraine P.obinson, a talented musician 
and teacher who lives locally. 

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Celebrating C 

By Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Grants Coordinator, 

A number of Christmas traditions 
that were popular in America 
during the colonial and Victorian 
periods have died out on this side of the 
Atlantic, but they still persist in British 
holiday celebrations. Three such traditions 
are discussed below: 

Haunted Holidays 

"There'll be scary ghost stories, 

and tales of the glories 

of Christmases long, long ago. "' 

We all know the words to the seasonal 
favorite, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of 
the Year," but have you ever been confused 
by that line in the song? What on earth 
do "scary ghost stories" have to do with 
Christmas time? Actually, the two have 
gone hand-in-hand for centuries. 

Ghost stories are a traditional British winter pastime, when 
the early nightfall and howling storms set the scene for sharing 
bone-chilling tales. The history actually goes back to Celtic 
and Norse winter holidays, which celebrated the dying of 
the old year in what came to be called Yule Tide. When 
Christianity was introduced to the British 
Isles, Christmas supplanted the pagans 
festivals, but some of the old observances 
remained. One of these was the sharing of 
dark, mysterious or macabre tales during 
the holidays. 

The tradition was especially popular 
during the late 18th and 19th centuries. 
Many Christmas ghost stories were 
published on both sides of the Atlantic 
that were intended to thrill and frighten 
children and adults alike. 

During the Victorian era, the tradition 
really flourished. Of the dozens of 
popular ghost story authors during this 
period in England, Charles Dickens 
was the champion of fright, penning 
Scrooge's tale in A Christmas Carol (1843) 
and subsequent Christmas ghost stories 
through the 1840s. In the United States, 
Louisa May Alcott, using the pen name 

Hoxing Day" from Comick Almanack, George Cruikshank (1836), etch 

The Christmas Pantomime, book cover (1 890), 
color lithograph 

A.M. Barnard, published a short novel called The Abbott's Ghost; 

or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (A Christmas Story) in 1867 

- quite a different work from her more famous novels like Little 

In America, frightening Christmas tales eventually gave way 

to more cheerful pastimes. The tradition remains alive and 
well in Britain, though, as the BBC 
runs dramatized versions of classic ghost 
stories every year around the holidays 
and spooky stories are still traded over 
mugs of cider. 


A rather odd convention developed in 
England in the 1770s that would grow 
to be a beloved Christmas tradition. 
As children began to be the main 
celebrants of Christmas, a new form of 
entertainment called "pantomime" was 
introduced to entertain and delight them 
during the holidays. 

Pantomime was a form of theatrical 
performance that dramatized fairy 
tales like "Jack and the Beanstalk," 
"Cinderella" and "Puss in Boots" with 
ridiculous costumes, familiar songs and 
slapstick comedy. These plays drew 
heavily from the earlier Italian tradition 


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ristmases Past 

of commedia dell' arte, which utilized stock characters such as 
Pantalone the miser, Scaramouche the buffoon, Harlequin the 
clown, and a set of star-crossed lovers. Commedia troupes 
traveled with their shows around the country side, performing 
familiar stories with clever and hilarious twists and tricks. 

British pantomime took a similar form, 
though it was usually staged in a theatre • . g> 

or performance hall. Audiences were '"'Hil^ 

encouraged to shout warnings like, 
"Look out!" when the villain was 
approaching, or to clap, cheer and 
whistle when the hero made a 
daring (and usually hilarious) 
escape. Another favorite tradition 
of pantomimes were the animal 
characters, which were usually 
played by two actors. One 
person would make the head 
and front legs, while the other 
actor would form the body and 
rear legs. These animals, often 
horses or donkeys, occasionally 
broke into impromptu song and 
dance on stage. 

Pantomime did enjoy a brief 
period of popularity in the 
United States, with performances 
ranging from Charleston to New 
York and Boston in the late 18 th 
and early 19 th centuries, and it's easy 
to imagine children in New Bern 
enjoying such holiday hilarity. 
However, as Americans moved 
away from the European tradition 

of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the art of pantomime was 
also abandoned. It is possible, too, that stricter religious 
conventions in American may have accounted, in part, for 
pantomime's eventual decline here. 

It still remains a seasonal favorite in England, though, with 
the popular repertoire now expanded to such titles as "Robin 
Hood," "Peter Pan" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." It 
is even common for famous British television and film stars to 
make cameo appearances in pantomime productions. 

Boxing Day 

The observance of Boxing Day has changed over time. 
It is thought to have begun in medieval England, where 
a donation box would be placed in a store, guild workshop 

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"Ignorance and Want" by John Leech, from A Christmas Carol, 
Charles Dickens, 1st Edition (1843), wood carving. 

or church, and the money collected would be distributed 
to workers and local peasants as a kind of Christmas bonus 
or charitable gift. Sometimes, the money would be used to 
purchase boxes of food and clothing to hand out instead. 
Boxing Day eventually came to be celebrated on the day after 
Christmas, when more well-to-do families would 
box up leftover fruit and meat from their 
Christmas feast and deliver the packages 
to less fortunate families in the area. 
Phis sort of practice would have been 
common in towns like New Bern 
that had a great mix of professions 
and economic classes. 

Even though it was already 
a centuries-old practice that 
extended throughout the British 
empire and colonies, Queen 
Victoria established Boxing Day 
as an official national holiday 
in England during the 1870s. 
Many families took stock of 
their belongings and placed any 
clothes, toys, or other objects they 
wished to donate into a box that 
they set outside of their house 
for less fortunate neighbors, or 
else delivered the box to a local 
benevolence society. 
Today, Boxing Day is still 
celebrated in Britain, Canada, 
Australia, and New Zealand. 
While some people observe it by 
enjoying the extra day off of work, 
many others maintain the tradition 
of boxing up goods for the poor or use Boxing Day as a time to 
volunteer in a soup kitchen, visit a nursing home or serve the 
community in any number of ways. 

So while it is unlikely that Ghostwalk and the Tryon Palace 
Christmas celebrations will ever be combined, or that dancing 
horses will ever traipse across our gardens, or that Boxing Day 
will become a national holiday - it is fun to imagine how Miss 
Margaret Tryon may have been thrilled by spooky stories, 
entertained with pantomime, and put together Christmas boxes 
for the poor as she celebrated Christmas in colonial North 

'"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, written by Eddie Pola and George 
Wyle, © 1963. 

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Holidays at 

Tryon Palace Rings in Christmas f 

The 2008 Christmas celebrations 
at Tryon Palace Historic 
Sites & Gardens will feature 
traditional holiday pastimes and a 
celebration of the natural beauty of 
eastern North Carolina. 

Holiday tours of the festooned gardens 
and bedecked halls will begin on Friday, 
Nov. 28, and Festive Holiday Kick- 
Off activities will run through Sunday, 
Nov. 30 to officially launch us into the 
Christmas season. 

The Candlelight Tours will take place 
the next two Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 
Dec. 20, with tours running from 5- 
9 p.m. Costumed guides will escort 
visitors through the first floor and 
basement of the Palace and Kitchen 
Office, which will be outfitted for the 
holidays and lit with candle globes and 
fire baskets to create an ambiance of 
times past. Tickets for entry into the 
Palace and Kitchen are timed in one 
hour blocks. Regular tours will continue 
to run from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each 
weekday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 
Candlelight Tour days. 

This year, the Christmas decorations 
are going to focus on fresh greenery that 
will combine different types of foliage, 
such as boxwood garland, holly and pine 

to bring various shades of green and 
some wonderful holiday scents to the 
Palace and gardens. The emphasis on 
the fresh cut features of the decorations 
this year means that much of it will 
be replenished and rotated to keep it 
looking - and smelling - its finest. 

The colorful accents all come from 
natural sources such as berries, shells, 

feathers, and fruit. Be sure to keep 
an eye out for all of the creative ways 
organic items are incorporated into the 

Music and entertainment will take 
place throughout the Palace and 
gardens during the Candlelight Tours. 
In the Council Chambers, costumed 
dancers will be giving demonstrations 
and inviting visitors to join in the 
Christmastime Ball. A number of 
musicians will be on the grounds ringing 
in the holidays with festive music, and 
dynamic performers will give shows of 
acrobatics, juggling, sword swallowing 
and more. 

Ginger snaps and hot apple cider 
will be provided for guests, courtesy of 
the Tryon Palace Council of Friends. 
Meanwhile, costumed interpreters 

Recently, the Tryon Palace Historic 
Sites & Gardens Christmas Candlelight 
Tour and Grand Illumination was 
announced as one of Southeast 
Tourism Society's Top 20 events for the 
month of December. 

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the Palace 

ith Celebrations and Decorations 

provide colonial coffee house debates, 
political discussions, local gossip and 

The gift shops are excited to offer 
a wide range of quality items that 
are historically-inspired, and make 
wonderful keepsakes as well as unique 
holiday gifts. 

Outside the Palace gates, there will be 
plenty of activity, too. First, our Fife & 
Drum Corps will march down George 
Street to the Palace in order to open the 
evening at 5 p.m. They will perform 
again at 7 p.m. both nights. 

Alternating with our Fife & Drum 
Corps, the Jonkonnu troop will perform 
their lively songs and dances while 
decked out in colorful costumes at 6 
and 8 p.m. in celebration of African 
American Christmas celebrations from 
the 18 th and 19 th centuries. 

At the end of each evening, the Grand 
Illumination will take place at 9 p.m., as 
a period-appropriate fireworks show will 
take place on the Palace grounds. The 
best views will be on the South Lawn. 

Holiday decorations will be in place 
through Wednesday Dec. 30, but Tryon 
Palace Historic Sites and Gardens will 
be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 to 
Friday, Dec. 26 in honor of Christmas. 

Other Christmas celebrations and 
events include: 

• On Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m., 
there will be a performance of the 
holiday favorite, "The Night Before 

Christmas," which will take place in the 
Visitor Center Auditorium. It will be 
followed by a tour of the first floor of 
the Dixon House, then Christmas crafts 
and hot cider and ginger snaps in the 
Hay House. It is open to children up to 
12 years of age; children under 10 must 
be accompanied by an adult. The cost 
is $20 per person, which includes the 
materials fee. Registration is limited to 
25 participants, with a minimum of 10 
needed for the program to take place. 
Call 252-514-4935 to reserve your place. 

• For a look at Jacksonian Christmas 
celebrations, be sure to visit the Hay 
House, which will be recreating holiday 
observances in 1835. The Hay House 
will be open during regular site hours. 

Candlelight Tour tickets will go 
on sale October 1 st at the Tryon 
Palace Visitor Center (cash, check, 
Visa or MasterCard are accepted) or 
by phone by calling 252-514-4935 
(Visa or MC only). Advance tickets 
ordered by phone are available 
for pick-upon the date of the 
Candlelight at the Visitor Center 
ticket desk before 4 p.m., or from 
the "Will Call" table after 4 p.m. 
Advance reservation ticket sales will 
end at noon on the day before the 
Candlelight Tour. Same-day tickets 
may be purchased in the Visitor 
Center on the day of the tour. 

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The History of our Fruit Trees 

By Lisa Wimpfheimer, Horticulturist 

Henry Leuthardt of Henry Leuthardt Nurseries, 
Inc., in East Moriches, New York traveled to New 
Bern this spring and he had a goal in mind. With 
a career in dwarf and espalier fruit trees behind him, Henry 
wanted to visit Tryon Palace and see the fruit trees he helped 
plant fifty years ago. 

The Kitchen Garden was designed by Morley Williams in 
1958, and the historic nature of the garden called for a variety 
of espaliered fruit trees. Williams contacted Leuthardt's father 
and the trees were driven down from Long Island to be planted 
at the Tryon Palace Restoration. "My father and Morley 
Williams were friends, and this was a large project that needed 
to be planted," he said. 

Mr. Leuthardt and Lisa Wimpfheimer, Horticulturist at 
Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, walked around the 
perimeter of the Kitchen Garden, and carefully examined each 
fruit tree present. "This one is a Grimes Golden, parent of the 
Golden Delicious," Henry stated with certainty. "And this pear 
branch needs to be cut back in September." 

The art of espalier keeps fruit trees small, so that they 
can produce a lot of fruit in a compact garden area. Henry 
explained that "the key is balance, to keep the number and 

angle of branches as symmetrical as possible." There are a 
number of different designs possible in the art of espalier, with 
the "six-arm" being one of the most popular at Tryon Palace. 

Taking Henry's comments to heart, we immediately 
contacted David Vernon at Century Farm Orchards and 
ordered 20 apple whips for fall planting. We selected those of 
coastal heirloom heritage: Hunge, Mattamaskeet, Aunt Rachel, 
Carolina Red June and more Grimes Golden, as well. 


n Friday, 
10 and 

Heritage Plant Sale 

Saturday, Oct. 1 1 

from 9 a.m. to 5 

p.m., the public will 

have the opportunity 

to purchase many 

unique, historical, 

rare, and sometimes 

even unusual plants. 

If you have any 

questions about 

planting, care or 

grouping, Master 

Gardeners will be available to discuss options and offer advice. 

A new feature this year is the inclusion of all of the beautiful 
and eye-catching flowers featured this past spring in the Mary 
Kistler Stoney Flower Garden. You can use the buying list 
and planting guide featured in "Get this Look" on page 9 to 
recreate the arrangement in your own garden. 

Remember, as our gardeners like to stress: Fall is for planting! 
Autumn is the best time of year in this part of the country for 
getting trees, shrubs, bulbs and all cool season annuals in the 

ground. They won't 
have to suffer through 
extreme temperatures 
to get their root bases 
established and the soil 
holds moisture better, 
which means less 
watering for you. Those 
are both great reasons 
to take advantage of 
I the fall Heritage Plant 
Sale and get your lawn 
or garden looking its 
All proceeds from the 
Heritage Plant Sale go to fund our gardens and grounds. 

Remember that Tryon Palace Council of Friends members 
have an extra opportunity to take advantage of this twice- 
yearly sale on Thursday, October 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. Come 
early for the best selection, as some of our most popular 
plants sell out quickly. A membership card is needed for 
admission to this preview event, so encourage your garden- 
loving friends to become a Friends member today! 



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et this 

You can create a beautiful spring 
planting, just likeTryon Palace 
Historic Sites & Gardens. The Mary 
Kistler Stoney Flower Garden was such a blaze 
of color last spring, people are still talking about 
it. This garden was designed by Freda Pyron, 
Tryon Palace Gardener 

This is a colorful border planting that was 
anchored by a white picket fence that had 
'Old Blush' roses climbing along the rails. At 
the west end, an evergreen Rosemary herb is 
trimmed into a round shrub form. 

These plants are spring blooming annuals that 
will develop more flowers if planted in the fall. 
This particular collection will be sold at the Fall 
Heritage Plant Sale, October 10 & 1 1, 2008 
at Tryon Palace. You can also order some of 
the bulbs on the Tryon Palace Historic Site & 
Gardens website. 

The Stoney Garden 2008 

1. Lychnis flos-cuculi Ragged Robin 

2. Malva sylvestris zebrina French Hollyhock 

3. Myostotis sylvantica Forget-me-not 

4. Viola tricolor Johnny Jump-up 

5. Viola writtrockiana Yellow violas 

6. Viola writtrockiana Blue violas 

7. Escholzia California California poppy 

8. Bellis perennis English daisy 

9. Matthiola incana Stock 

10. Antirrhinum majus Snapdragons 

1 1 . Nicotiana sp. Flowering Tobacco 

I 12. Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox 

A. Rosemary 

B. 'Old Blush' Rose 

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The Calendar 

Civil War Weekend 
September 26-28 

• Friday, September 26 

Special Performance: Oldest Living 
Confederate Widow: Her Confession. 

7:00 p.m. Admission: $25. Visitor 
Center Auditorium 

• Saturday, September 27 

Dixon and Stanly Houses - Civil War 
Focus and Encampment 

9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Included with 
regular ticket purchase 

Special Film Presentation: Glory 

2:00 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium. 
Admission: FREE 

• Sunday, September 28 

Dixon and Stanly Houses - Civil War 
Focus and Encampment 

1:00-5:00 p.m. Included with regular 
ticket purchase 

• Special Performance: Southern 
Women, Southern Voices: Civil War 
Songs by Southern Women 

3:00 p.m. Admission: FREE. Visitor 
Center Auditorium 

• Saturday, September 27 
Garden Lecture 

Speaker: Barry Glick, Plant Breeder and 
Owner of Sunshine Farm & Gardens 
"Destination Hellebores" 10:00 a.m. 
Admission: FREE. Sponsored by The 
Harold H. Bate Foundation. Visitor 
Center Auditorium 

Barry will present a humorous yet factual 
talk on the popular genus, Helleborus. He 
shares current plant breeding strategies that 
add large flowers and more colors to the 
range of winter blooming plants. Come be 
inspired to plant your winter garden. 


Saturdays, October 4, 18 

Tryon Palace Theater 

1 1:00 a.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 

Come join us and experience the dramatic 
side of history. You may see an 18''' century 
puppet show, a 19 th century play, or another 

engaging historical vignette. Programs 
vary, so check often to learn about new 
ways we're bringing history to life! Tickets 
required. Call 252-514-4900 for more 
information on specific performance 

Saturday, October 4 

Home School Day - "Music & Dance" 

9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. $10 for students, $12 for 
adults (tickets valid 2 consecutive days) 
Home-school families enjoy interactive 
activities as well as tours of the Palace and 
three other historic homes in this popular 
event. Bring your picnic lunch and spend 
time immersed in the past. This year's 
focus will be on music and dance. Enjoy 
performances by Tryon Palace's Fife & Drum 
Corps, Jonkonnu, 18 th century Historical 
Dancers, as well as a colonial concert, 
interactive 18 th century song and dance 
lessons, musical crafts and games. Activities 
are designed for school-age children; some 
activities have a minimum age requironent. 
Space is limited; pre -registration and pre- 
payment are required by September 20. Call 
(252) 514-4935 to register. 

Tuesday, October 7 

Council of Friends Movie Series: 
The Four Feathers 

7 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 
Admission: FREE 

October 10-12 

MUMfest Weekend 

Gardens open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 
and Saturday, and 1 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday. FREE Garden Admission. 
Interior tours require the purchase of a 

Visitors will enjoy the beauty of thousands 
of chrysanthemums in the Palace gardens. 
Free garden tours will be given each day. 

• Heritage Plant Sale: offers visitors the 
opportunity to purchase unique, rare, and 
historic plants for display in their home 
gardens. Master gardeners will be on 
hand to answer planting questions. Come 
early for the best selection! Sale hours are 

9 a.m. -5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

• Fife & Drum Corps Concerts: DATES 
AND TIMES TBA. Enjoy a short concert 
by the Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corps. 
Performances take place outside on the 
Palace grounds. (In case of inclement 
weather, performances will be held in the 
Visitor Center auditorium.) 

Saturday, October 18 

Architectural Walking Tour 

1:30-3:00 p.m. Admission: $2-Adults, 
$ 1 -Students. Leaves from New Bern 
Academy Museum 
This guided tour departs and returns to 
the New Bern Academy Museum. You will 
explore external architectural details of 
Victorian, Italianate, Federal and Georgian 
homes built from the 1700s through the 
1900s on Hancock, Johnson, Metcalf and 
New Streets. Reservations are not required 
but you may sign up for this tour one week 
in advance at the Tryon Palace Visitor 
Center. Tickets will be purchased at the 
New Bern Academy at the time of the tour. 

Sunday, October 19 

African American Historic Downtown 
Walking Tour 

2 p.m. Admission: $4-Adults, $2-Students. 
Leaves from Visitor Center Lobby 
Learn about 300 years of African 
American history on a walking tour of 
New Bern's historic district. This tour lasts 

10 iM^SIace 

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Programs subject to change 

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approximately 90 minutes and covers 16 
blocks. Reservations required: 252-514- 
4935 (Minimum enrollment: 10) 

October 24-25 


Friday and Saturday, 5:00-9:00 p.m. 
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 
the day of the tour; tickets available by 
calling the New Bern Historical Society 
at (252) 638-8558 or online at www. Ghostwalk ticket 
holders can get a $3 discount off regular 
adult admission to Tryon Palace Historic 
Sites & Gardens. 

Sponsored by the New Bern Historical 
Society, this year's Ghostwalk celebrates 
New Bern's maritime history. "Spirits of the 
Neuse" includes tales of pirates, merchants, 
seamen and other "spirits" that disclose 
their intriguing stories. Tryon Palace loca- 
tions include the following: 

• Hollister House - Hear stories of William 
Hollister and his three wives. 

• Visitor Center Auditorium - View the spe- 
cial exhibit "Discovering the New World. 
Early Naturalist Accounts of the People, 
Flora and Fauna" located in the Visitor 


Winter Garden Hours 

November 1 -December 31, Gardens 
open until 5:00 p.m. Last ticket sold at 
4:30 p.m. 

Saturdays, November 1,15 

Tryon Palace Theater 

1 1 :00 a.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 
Come join us and experience the dramatic 
side of history. You may see an 18' 1 ' century 
puppet show, a 19 h century play, or another 
engaging historical vignette. Programs vary, 
so check of en to learn about new ways we're 
bringing history to life! Tickets required. 
Call 252-514-4900 for more information 
on specific performance schedule. 

Wednesday, November 5 

Council of Friends Movie Series: 

Little Women 

7 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 

Thursday, November 13 

Parlor Talk 

Speaker: Rebecca Reimer, Tryon Palace 
Associate Curator of Interpretation 
"You Are What You Eat (With)" 
12:00 p.m. Admission: FREE - Bring 
your own lunch; beverages will be 
provided. Commission House Parlor 
This program will examine the place 
of ceramics in society, concentrating on 
the changes in production and aesthetic 
throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth 
centuries. It will trace the social and 
international aspects of ceramics and 
dishware, particularly those used by the 
Tryon, Dixon, and Stanly families. The 
discussion will be accompanied by an 
examination of pieces from the collection, as 
well as archaeological artifacts. 

Sunday, November 16 

African American Historic Downtown 
Walking Tour 

2 p.m. Admission: $4-Adults, $2- 
Students. Leaves from Visitor Center 

Learn about 300 years of African 
American history on a walking tour of 
New Bern's historic district. This tour lasts 
approximately 90 minutes and covers 16 
blocks. Reservations required: 252-514- 
4935- (Minimum enrollment: 10) 

Thursday, November 20 

African American Lecture Series 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jermaine Archer 
"The Jonkonnu Parade: An Articulation 
of Escape and Renewal in North 
Carolina" 7 p.m. Admission: FREE. 
Visitor Center Auditorium 
What is Jonkonnu? Dr. Archer will talk 
about how the men, women and children 
who participated in the nineteenth-century 
North Carolina Jonkonnu slave parade 
engaged in a brief respite from the racial 
social hierarchy. We will also examine 
how contemporary performances of the 

Jonkonnu musical and dance troupe from 
the Tryon Palace Historical Site & Gardens 
in New Bern may shed further light on 
the cultural and ideological currents of the 
African Diaspora. 

Thursday, November 27 

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens 
is closed in honor of the Thanksgiving 

November 28 - 
December 31 

Centuries of Celebrations at Tryon 

Join us as we kick off the holiday season 
on Tlianksgiving weekend. Christmas 
decorations are up in the Palace and in our 
four historic houses. Very special holiday 
tours begin on November 28 and run 
through December 31. 


Tuesday, December 2 

Council of Friends Movie Series: 
Mrs. Brown 

7 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 
Admission: FREE 

Saturday, December 6 

Saturday Sampler 

"The Night Before Christmas" 1:00 p.m. 
Admission: $20 (includes play, tour, craft 
and snack) Visitor Center Auditorium 
Call 252-514-4935 to reserve your place. 
(Minimum enrollment: 10) 

Saturdays, December 13, 20 

Christmas Candlelight 

5 p.m. -9 p.m. Admission: $15- 
Adults,$6-Students (grades 1-12), 
children younger than 1 " grade are free 

Wednesday, December 24 
— Friday, December 26 

Seasons Greetings! Tryon Palace Historic 
Sites & Gardens is closed in honor of the 

Programs subject to change 

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Volunteer Opportunities 

It's never too early to think about spring and 
our gardeners are already making plans for the 
warmer weather. They're looking for volunteers to 
help plant tulips and pansies during the first two weeks 
of November (weather permitting). Please call Fran 
Campbell (514-4951) if you're interested in helping. 

Spring Planting 

Monday to Friday, November 3-7 

8:30 a.m. - 12 noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Monday, November 10 

8:30 a.m. - 12 noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Wednesday to Friday, November 12-14 

8:30 a.m. - 12 noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Christmas at the Palace means beautiful decorations, 
elaborate arrangements - and plenty of ways to 

volunteer. Whether you're handy with a pair of shears, have an artistic eye or are just ready to get into the holiday spirit, there is an 
opportunity for you to get involved. To sign up, contact Fran Campbell (514-4951) or Lisa Wimpfheimer (514-4926). 

Boxwood Picking - Grounds Building 

Wednesday, November 19 
Thursday, November 20 
Friday, November 2 1 

Dried Flower Arranging - 

Wednesday, November 19 
Thursday, November 20 
Friday, November 2 1 

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Making Your Name in History 

By Cheryl Arthur Kite 

The Making History capital campaign moved into its 
public phase this summer with the groundbreaking 
for the North Carolina History Education Center. 
"Making History for all the People" is providing a wide 
assortment of new giving and naming opportunities that is 
allowing people across North Carolina and the Tryon Palace 
family to make their names in history. 

Following is the first published list of the expanded naming 
opportunities. We hope you find a space, a project or an 
object that appeals to your sense of history and to your desire 
and ability to make a lasting name for yourself in the North 
Carolina History Education Center. 

$5 million 

$1.6 million 

$1 million 

$1 million 



$39,000 - $586,000 

Entire Center 

Administration - second floor 

Regional History Museum 

Technology Fund 

Museum Shop 

Riverside Cafe 

Pepsi Family Center exhibits 

Riverfront, forest, house, storefront, 
time machine, general, entry, town square 

Administration - $ 1 4,000 - $77,000 

individual offices and other spaces 

Riverfront walkways 

Partners for Programs and Performances 
Pooled Endowment 

Center Pillar 




Naval stores, urban slave community, river wetlands 
ecology, Barbour Boat Works, the Tuscarora, now and 
then, town planning, land transportation, John Lawson, 
major sites, hurricanes, wayfinding, privateering play 
area, life on the rivers 

Performance Hall theatre seats $ 1 ,000 

Regional History Museum exhibits $800 - $253,000 

General, environment, celebrations, work, dress, family 
community, people, artisans, indentured and enslaved, 
domestic labor, shipping, naval stores, government, 
cultural arts, health and hygiene, James City, education, 
religion, fishing, recreation, timber, shopkeeping and 

Trees and benches $500 

$10,000 -$75,000 


$2,000 -$55,000 


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A named space, program or 
object must be approved by 
the Tryon Palace Commission 
according to its by-laws and may 
be reserved with an outright 
gift or a completed pledge form. 
An outright gift may be made 
with cash, check, credit card or 
securities for the full amount; 
or a commitment may be made 
with a pledge form and a pledge 
payment schedule that is fulfilled 
with cash, securities, externally 
held charitable remainder trust, 
or an estate plan. In-kind gifts 
for naming are accepted only 
on approval by the Tryon Palace 
Commission. Pledges must be 
paid in full before final naming 
is conferred by the Tryon Palace 

Few will have the 
greatness to bend 
history itself; but each 
of us can work to 
change a small portion 
of [it] , and in the total 
. . . will be written 
the history of this 

- Robert R Kennedy 



I am interested in a naming gift for the following space, object, exhibit, etc.: 

Amount of Gift/Pledge Payment Enclosed Contact me to discuss payment schedule. 




Detach form and mail to Cheryl Kite, Director of Development, Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, 
P.O. Box 1007, New Bern, NC 28563; call 252-514-4956, or e-mail . 

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Craven County Gift 

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens would like to thank 
both the City of New Bern and the Craven County Board of 
Commissioners for their generous gifts towards the completion 
of the North Carolina History Education Center. You will be able read 
more about their contributions in the Winter 2009 issue of The Palace. 

In Honor of. . . 

During this season of giving, we'd like to take 
a moment to thank the Members Emeriti of the 
Tryon Palace Commission. We appreciate your 
dedicated and continuing service: 

Mrs. Betty Cameron, appointed 1999 

Mr. Hugh Cullman, appointed 1996 

Mr. Robert Dick Douglas, Jr., appointed 1969 

Mrs. Elinor Hawkins, appointed 1974 

Mrs. Adelaide Holdemess, appointed 1993 

Mrs. Ella Ann Holding, appointed 1993 

Rev. Monsignor Gerald L. Lewis, appointed 1981 

Mrs. Jane B. Sugg, appointed 1993 

Mr. Joseph Zaytoun, appointed 1979 


DeGraffenried Visit 

hristine deGraffenried, a descendant of Baron Christoph deGraffenried, founder of the City of New Bern in 1710, 
visited Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in August. She was conducting research on local Palatine families for an 
exhibit on Bern, Switzerland and New Bern, North Carolina that her family is sponsoring in Switzerland later this year. 

Christine deGraffenried (far left) and Max Werren, Swiss museum designer, meet with members of the Tryon Palace Historic Sites <& Gardens staff at the Commission 
House for a presentation on the history of New Bern and the Palace. 

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Fife & Drum Corps 

Adynamic group of student and 
volunteer musicians form our 
acclaimed Fife & Drum Corps, 
which will open the Candlelight Tours 
both evenings, Dec. 13 and 20. 
At 5:00, the corps will march 
through the Palace gates and lead the 
crowd of eager visitors down the main 
Palace avenue. They will repeat their 
performance at 7:00 p.m. 

Playing under a British flag and in 
period costume, they portray a Fife & 
Drum Corps just like Royal Governor 
William Tryon would have known. 
Their instruments are modeled after 1 8 th 
century originals and their historical 
musical selections are all from the colonial 
period as they create a rousing and 
exciting atmosphere to begin the holiday 

The Fife & Drum Corps at Tryon Palace 
Historic Sites & Gardens has played 

Jonkonnu, the lively African- 
American Christmas tradition that 
combines rhythm, dancing, music, 
and elaborate costumes is back, with 
a lecture on the history of the event 
in November and two nights of 
performances as part of the Candlelight 
Tours in December. 

On Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 

around the region, and earlier this year 
they were invited to perform at Colonial 
Williamsburg. Truly an impressive 


p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium, 
guest speaker Dr. Jermaine Archer will 
give a lecture entitled, "The Jonkonnu 
Parade: An Articulation of Escape 
and Renewal in North Carolina." Dr. 
Archer will outline the history and 
traditions of the celebration, as well as 
its significance to participants both in 
the 19 th century and now. 


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group of talented musicians, the corps' 
Christmas parade is an event that has 
quickly become a favorite at the Palace. 

Then, for two evenings, December 13 
and 20, you can experience Jonkonnu 
yourself as the Jonkonnu performance 
will take place down George Street and 
ending at the Dixon House. There will 
be two parades each night, at 6 and 8 

You won't want to miss this blend 
of English, African and Caribbean 
traditions that creates a wonderful new 
celebration that is uniquely American. 
Originating as a festival in which 
slaves would put aside work and pick 
up instruments, it grew to a festival 
featuring such characters as the Rag 
Man, the Fancy Man and a number of 
talented dancers. Our own dedicated 
Jonkonnu troop is growing so that we're 
now at more than 40 members. Come 
join in this wonderful celebration of 
music, dance and African American 

The lecture and both Christmas 
performances are free of charge. 


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News of 

I our Friends 

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The Tryon Palace Council of Friends welcomes the 
following members who have joined between June 30 and 
September 3, 2008. 


Mr. James F. Dugan and Ms Tere Otero, New Bern 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Knox, New Bern 


Ms Joan M. Barisano, New Bern 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hobbs, Smithfield NC 

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Little, New Bern 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Roll, New Bern 


Ms Nicole Brooks, New Bern 

Mrs. Ruth John, New Bern 

Mrs. Grace D. Landers, Rockville MD 

Ms Nancy Palmer, Newport 

Annual Campaign 

Thank you to David and Elizabeth Ward who have agreed 
to chair the 2008 Annual Campaign. This fall we are once 
again reaching out to a community of "Friends" with three 
appeals to various segments in that community: 

• Our current Council of Friends members for Annual 
Fund gifts 

You are our best friends and already recognize the 
importance of supporting North Carolina's premiere historic 
site. To you we offer an opportunity to increase your giving 
before year end for an even greater impact. 

• Our lapsed members and those we would like to be our 
"new friends" 

To lapsed members, we miss you and your support. We 
want to welcome you back to our active family. 

To make new friends, we plan to emphasize the value of 
Friends membership to those who have not experienced it. 

• Our business/corporate friends for holiday sponsors 
To the business community, an invitation is extended to 

support the holiday season and enjoy its sponsorship benefits. 

In 2007, the Council of Friends raised $131,473 for 
support at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens from 
membership, Annual Fund gifts and sponsorships. Thank 

If you are requested to participate in any of our three 
appeals, we hope you will do so. Please know that your gift 
will be greatly appreciated, and we will look forward to 
seeing you at the many special events that are offered to our 

Holiday Party 

This year the Council of Friends holiday party will be a truly 
festive event. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Friends members will 
celebrate the season in the Grand Pavilion on the Daves House 
lawn with Tryon Palace, bedecked in its holiday finery, as a 
backdrop. Join the Friends and join the party! 

Friends Movie Series 

Tuesday, October 7: The Four Feathers 

7 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 

In 1884, a young English officer (Heath Ledger), faced with 
the prospect of battling Muslim insurgents in Sudan, resigns his 
commission. After being presented white feathers - symbols of 
cowardice - by his friends he, attempts to win back his honor 
and the respect of his family and friends by secretly becoming an 
undercover operative in the Sudan. 

Wednesday, November 5: Little Women 

7 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 


In honor of Louisa May Alcott's birthday on November 29, 1832, 
we present the screen adaptation of this classic novel. Set in Civil 
War era New England, the film focuses on the March sisters who 
are being raised by their mother after their father leaves for battle 
with the Union Army. Ihe film spans years, following the girls' 
struggles with life's challenges and illustrating how their family 
connection remains strong in the face of tragedies large and small. 

Tuesday, December 2: Mrs. Brown 

7 p.m. Visitor Center Auditorium 

Two years after her beloved Albert's death on December 14, 
1861, Queen Victoria is still in mourning. When one of her 
servants suggests that a daily ride on horseback might be a tonic 
for the Queen's health and spirits, a Scotsman named John Brown 
(Billy Connolly) is hired as her guide and groom. Dame Judy 
Dench plays Victoria, who eventually discovers Mr. Brown to be a 
friend and confidante. 

For more information about the Tryon Palace Council of Friends, 
please contact Karen O'Connell (Friends Coordinator) at 252-514- 

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• Thursday, January 1 

Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens is closed in honor of the 
New Year's holiday. 

• Winter Garden Hours 

January 2-February 28, Gardens open until 5:00 p.m. 
Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. 

• Spring Garden Hours 

March 1-May 31, Gardens open until 6:00 p.m. 
Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. 

• 50 th Anniversary of Tryon Palace Exhibit 

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - March 2010 

On display within the Palace, admission included in regular 

ticket purchase. 

• 41 st Annual Decorative Arts Symposium 

"Recreating the Past We Wanted: 

New Visions of Old America" 

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 

To see the entire list of speakers and agenda go to www.tryon- or call 1-800-767-1560. 


Recreating the Past We Wanted: New Visions of Old America" 
41 st Annual Decorative Arts Symposium 

In honor of the 50 th anniversary of the restoration of Tryon Palace 
Historic Sites & Gardens, this year's lecture series will celebrate 
the revival of America's colonial past in furniture, decoration and 
design in the late 19 rh and early 20 th centuries. 

The Symposium will take place Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 and 
will offer a broad range of expert lecturers speaking to various trends of 
the Colonial Revival movement in New Bern, across North Carolina, 
and throughout the country. Richard Guy Wilson, Chair of the 
Architectural History Department at The University of Virginia, will be 
the keynote speaker. 

For more information or to request a brochure, contact Karen 
O'Connell at 252-514-4933, or email 
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Tryon Palace Commission and 
the Department of Architecture at the University of North Carolina in 

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 

41 st Annual Decorative Arts Symposium 

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The keynote speaker is Richard Guy Wilson, 

Chair of the Architecture Department at The 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 

To see the entire list of speakers and 

agenda go to 

or call 1-800-767-1560 



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History Bowl 2009 - Register your team now! 

The Regional History Bowl 
2009 will take place in 
February at the Visitor Center 
Auditorium of Tryon Palace Historic 
Sites & Gardens. It is an annual 
program open to both public and private 
school teams of eighth-graders from 
around North Carolina. 

One of nine regional bowls held 
throughout the state, this event is 
sponsored by the North Carolina 
Division of State Historic Sites and 
the Office of Archives and History, in 
partnership with local units and the 
North Carolina Division of the United 
Daughters of the Confederacy, the 
North Carolina Museum of History 
and the Federation of North Carolina 
Historical Societies. 

Designed to test students' command of 
North Carolina history, the competition 
also places emphasis on historic sites 
from around the state and has three 

Grover C. Fields Middle School, winner of the 2008 History Bowl hosted by Tryon Palace Historic Sites & 


ffany Yecke 
Brooks joined 
the staff of Tryon 

Palace Historic Sites & 
Gardens in August as the 
new Grants Coordinator 
and Editor. 

As a writer with a broad 
range of interests, her 
new position combines a 
number of her talents and 
experiences. "I'm thrilled 
to be here," Tiffany says. 
"The careful museum preservation and 
living history that intersect at Tryon 
Palace Historic Sites & Gardens create an 
amazing example of what makes eastern 
North Carolina so unique." 

Tiffany's education and career path 
reveal the eclectic mix she brings to her 
new position. As an undergraduate 
at Harding University, she majored in 
English and theatre, working with several 

main objectives: 

1) to reinforce the historical 
information learned in the classroom; 

2) to build good study habits in the 
individuals participating; and 

3) to develop sportsmanship and 
teamwork among the students. 

New Staff 

professional companies 
and historical re-enactment 
groups. She completed her 
master's degree in 2002 at 
the University of Bristol in 
Bristol, England, where she 
studied Classics and Ancient 
History. In 2007, she 
graduated with her Ph.D. in 
English from Florida State 

Coming to the Palace in 
the middle of the season 
with summer programs and construction 
on the North Carolina History 
Education Center already underway 
Tiffany has jumped into the thick of 
things. Besides being involved with 
planning and seeking support of future 
Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens 
projects, she will be using her publishing 
skills as she takes over the editing and 
compiling of the Tryon Palace Council of 

There are only eight slots available 
for each regional bowl, so be sure 
to register early by contacting Katie 
Brightman at 252-514-4939 or at The state 
championship will be held in Raleigh in 
the spring. 

Friends' magazine, The Palace. 

Prior to joining the Tryon Palace 
staff, Tiffany taught literature and 
writing at the university level at 
Abilene Christian University, McMurry 
University, the University of South 
Carolina — Beaufort, and most recently, 
at Florida State University. She has also 
worked as a sports writer and research 
assistant on seven books (including one 
New York Times Best Seller), as well as 
publishing scholarly articles, plays and 
other writing. 

Tiffany also taught English and drama 
at Pamlico County High School from 
2003-2004, so returning to this area was 
a kind of homecoming. She and her 
husband, a Marine stationed at Cherry 
Point, were married in New Bern. 
"We're so excited to move back after 
being gone for four years," she says. "It's 
amazing how quickly this area gets to 
feeling like home." 

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The Museum and Garden Shops of Tryon Palace have partnered with Swiss Bear 
Downtown Development to be an exclusive vendor of MUM FEST 2008 
merchandise. This citywide festival is celebrating its 28 th year and has long been 
recognized as one of the finest award-winning family festivals in North Carolina. 

This year's festival logo features four brightly colored chrysanthemums on even more 
dazzling colored backgrounds. Adult and youth T-shirts, limited edition 12" X 16" 
posters (suitable for framing), and rhe first of a series of collectable magnets can be found 
at the Museum and Garden Shops. 

Kevin Duffus is a researcher, author and documentary filmmaker who specializes in North 
Carolina maritime history. He has written a new book titled, The Last Days of Blackbeard 
the Pirate. Duffus narrates the tale of how 290 years ago on a June day, the famous pirate 
Blackbeard scuttled his flagship off the coast of Beaufort, North Carolina. He goes on to explain how 
Blackbeard was cornered and attacked at Ocracoke in 1718, why he attempted to escape rather than fight 
back, and how his life might have been spared had he lived for three more weeks. Duffus has presented 
public programs at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Archives and History/State 
Library; and recently he spoke about his book at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. 
Signed copies are available in the Museum and Garden Shops for $30.00; Council of Friends discounts 

PO Box 1007, New Bern, NC 28563